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Choosing and Eye Care Professional

In the previous post I spoke on the need for keeping healthy eyes through regular check-ups, and eye exams.

Once writing it and the short eye health article with it this next page came along naturally next. Ever wonder what to look for when choosing and eye care practitioner? I hope the article below becomes a sticky page for you to reference in your search.

There are several things to consider when choosing or changing eye care professionals and it may not be all about price, or certifications… I encourage you to read through and tell me if you agree or there are any other things that may have been left out.

You can find the full article on choosing and Eye Care Professional here.

Should Eye Vitamins Contain Ginkgo biloba

Should Eye Vitamins Contain Ginkgo Biloba

Visual Field Improvements

The research results showed improvements in Visual field; retinal ganglion cell function or improved cognitive abilities.

Gingko Biloba Protects Eye and Brain

These positive effects could have stemmed from improved blood flow to the eye, brain and/or both. Gingko Biloba had a neuroprotective effect on brain and eyes.

Of course as everything they state “further studies are needed to determine by what mechanisms Gingko may benefit patients with glaucoma”.

If you want to read the abstract check it out here: Ginko Biloba Glaucoma Abstract

Ocular Nutrition with Omega 3’s & Fish Oil

Ocular Nutrition with Omega 3’s & Fish Oil

Fish Oil capsules are some of the best ways of obtaining Omega 3 Fatty Acids other than eating the fish themselves. These are the essential fatty acids (EFAs) mentioned in the last post.

The AREDS I study showed that patients with reduced dietary intakes of lutein and zeaxanthin and omega-3 fatty acids had an increased risk of AMD (Age Related Macular Degeneration). Stated another way since I am more of an optimist – patients that increased their intake of omega-3, lutien and zeaxanthin reduced their risk for AMD.

These nutrients need more study which is what AREDS II trial is attempting to perform. The dietary portion of the AREDS I trial showed that patients who consumed 2 servings of fish per-week had less progression of their AMD.

It would take a major life change for me to be able to consume that much fish a week, which is why I take fish Oil supplements or vitamins. When I first began taking them I burped them and had a fishy after taste, Yuck! However, I shortly learned thereafter that the enteric coated fish oil capsules did not create burping or have a fishy after taste,whew.  My friends and family are thanking me for the change.

Be sure to look for the Enteric Coated fish oil capsules and take them with food.  Your eye’s macular health friends and family will thank you too.

Feeding the Brain for Ocular Nutrition or Blogging

Feeding the Brain whether blogging or not

What ocular nutrition vitamins and minerals can help your mind stay alert. I was reading on http://www.problogger.net about a birthday contest they had and was inspired to write a blogging tip that could benefit brain function. Of course this can be used for any function but blogging was the orignial inspiration.

More and more results are coming in from research labs around the country that the right food, or the natural neurochemicals they contain, enhance mental capabilities. Now this can help you concentrate and rev-up sensorimotor skills, assist motivation, magnify memory, speed reaction times. They have also been known to defuse stress and even prevent some brain aging.

Some fatty acids — called essential fatty acids (EFAs) — are necessary to our diet, because our body can’t produce them. To stay healthy, we must obtain these fatty acids from our food.

The two types of EFAs are omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids. Studies have found that omega-3 fatty acids, in particular, may benefit eye health as well as your intellectual faculties.

This fat is found most commonly in fish. Even diets that adhere commonly recommended levels of fats, but the wrong kind, can undermine intelligence and good ocular nutrition. What makes this finding awkward is that certain oils widely touted as healthy for the heart are especially troublesome for the mind. So if you are working in an industry that requires you to stay sharp, (an example could be writing for a blog) it is good to eat the right kinds of foods.

Omega-3s are known to be particularly crucial constituents of the outer membrane of brain cells. It is through the fat-rich cell membrane that all nerve signals must pass. In addition, as learning and memory forge new connections between nerve cells, new membranes must be formed to house them. All brain cell membranes continuously need to replenish themselves with a new supply of fatty acids. A growing amount of research suggests that the omega-3s are best suited for optimal brain function.

Essential fatty acids are also critical for proper visual development in infants. Also, deficiencies of omega-3 fatty acids in adults (particularly omega-3) can lead to impaired vision. Studies suggest that prolonged deficiencies may increase the risk of damage to the retina.

A great way to get your essential omega-3 fats is to eat plenty of fish. Perhaps a good snack would be some of those fish steaks in a can with some wheat crackers. Yes tuna and salmon can be good as well (just in case you like those better).
I’ll have to write more on this later.

Eat these Ocular Nutritional Foods

We can read about eye vitamins and supplements and read about specific antioxidants but I want more!

What if I want to go natural and eat healthy foods?  What Vegetables and Fruits can help stregthen my eyes and provide the nutrients they need?

Well I have collected some great Eye Health and Nutrition information just for you.

Click on this link for Nutrition and Eye Health facts you need.